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lOB Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL and OPINION EDITORIAL umas miss go in 17 In 17 days, we will put 2010 to bed. As it has been said, it will be one for the historybooks. The news staff has been diligently sorting through its archives compiling stories and photos from the last 52 weeks of news cover- age. Some of the stories are haunting while oth- ers are routine, but each one retells the histo- ry of our community in 2010. As we look over each story and photo, we think we know what the biggest stories have been. We even think we have a grasp on the also-rans of the year. However, we are a curious group of people. Our job is to ask questions, repeatedly if need be, until we get answers. Therefore, we would like to know what you, the reader, think is the biggest story of the year. Send your reply to Managing Editor Delair/e Frag- noli at dfragnoli@plumasnews.com. While you are telling us that, we would like you to tell us what story we missed, what kind of coverage you would like to see more of in 2011 and what coverage you would like to see less of?. One more thing: if you can help us by being a citizen journalist, add your name, phone number, e-mail address and what area of county life you would like to cover. We try to get to as many events and meetings as possi- ble, but always appreciate when a reader can lend a hand, or better yet, a photo. We are always striving to be the be, st com- munity newspaper in Northern California, but more than that, we want to be your com- munity newspaper. Your ideas and thoughts are always appreciated. Again, send your number one story of 2010 to Delaine Fragnoli at plumasne:ws.com by Wednesday, Dec. 21, to be cq v r d in the Yfiar ; ],n Review that is scheduled to be published Wednesday, Dec. 29. Feath{ A paper mg Breaking News .... go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Diana Jorgenson .......... Portola Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Kate West ............... Chester Editor Shannon Morrow .......... S ports Editor Mona Hill .................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Jqshua Sebold Kayleen Taylor Will Farris Ruth Ellis Sam Williams Brian Taylor Barbara France Pat Shillito Susan Cort Johnson Linda Satchwell Feather River Westwood Bulletin PinePress (530) 283-0800 (530) 256-2277 Lassen County Chester Progressive Times (530) 258-3115 (530) 257-53211 Indian Valley Portola Reporter Record (530) 832-4646 (530) 284-7800 Check OutOur PLUMASNEWS,COM ]1 t springs'. MY TURN WILL FARRIS Staff Writer Sunday, Dec. 5, Woody's Hot Springs, in the Feather River Canyon, was closed to the public. This prompted one Paul Stancheff to compare the event with 9/11, the American Civil War, the arrest of Pee Wee Herman and other tragic, world- shaking events of American history. All of this was proclaimed in a letter to few ruining Feather Publishing. Staneheffwent on to explain that the hot springs, "were the center peace (sic) in the Garden of Eden," "where President Lincoln conceived and wrote the Emancipation Proclamation," responsible for the, "Cali- fornia Hot Spring Rush of 1849" and other momentous events. StanchefFs letter was truly inspired, and mixed with a fair share of pain and outrage. Many are the pilgrims who seek the physical and spiritual healing of hot springs at Woody's. The place has a lot of charm, and soaking in the hot mineral spring brings a sense of relaxation and peace. The Feather River runs just a few feet from the spring, adding the soothing ef- fect of gently running water and a place to cool off if desired. Some aficionados are truly pilgrims tak- ing regular tours of hot, mineral springs scattered about the countryside. I Teri Minert of Cromberg visited a guest ranch in Bandera, Texas. Next time you trav- el, share where you went by taking your local newspaper along and including it in a photo. Then e-mail the photo to smorrow@plumasnews.corn ody's for all Many are locals who swear by regular hot spring hse as a key to mental and physi- cal health. And some just like to soak in the warm water while drinking a few beers and visiting with friends. It is this last group who is most to blame for the closure. Despite claims of centuries old use of these healing waters, Woody's Hot Springs has a much shorter history than that of the Garden of Eden or even President Lincoln. Long about the mid-1930s when Highway 70 was under construction, the owner of the property discovered the spring, drilled it out and built the cement enclosure to cor- ral the water for bathing. Highway construction Workers and later those who Were building the dams and pow- erhouses for PG&E made use of the springs to ease the daily fatigue of hard labor. Over the years it has been firmly estab- lished in the traditions of Chico State Uni- versity and well known to residents of Plumas County and beyond. The{urrent owners of Woody's pur- chased the land about 10 years ago. They were determined to keep it open to the pub- lic and did so until the closure. What be- came immediately obvious is that a daily visit to the hot springs was needed to pick up discarded items such as: underwear; socks; beer cans and bottles; dog and hu- man feces and used toilet paper. Most folks took care of things by cleaning up after themselves and others, but there still remained a good deal of trash lying about to pick up in the morning. The owners posted a sign asking for a voluntary donation of $2.50, and for visitors to refrain from bringing glass containers into the swing, to keep dogs out of the area and generally to pick up when finished. The morning mess continued, mostly left by late-night revelers who ignored all the rules and left ample evidence of their presence. But the worst was yet to come. One of the caretakers got into a couple of physical con- frontations with inebriated patrons and ac- tually had a gun pulled on him once. One night the owners brought some visi- tors to the hot springs only to find a group of people, scattered beer cans and bottles and three large dogs. When told to leave, they walked up to the highway where their car was parked and commenced to chuck large rocks down on the owners. Another major concern was the drunken state of these partiers when they got back on the highway. The owners of Woody's Hot Springs are at a loss. The situation has bec(~ne danger- ous in too many areas, and they decided to close the springs to the public before some- one was seriously hurt. They would like to keep it available to re-" sponsible folks, but haven't come up with a feasible and economic means to do so. As in many areas of our society, it is the few that bring the burden of their negative actions upon the rest of us. REMEMBER WHEN 8o YEARS AGO ..... 1960 bank will be open for business Monday. ........................................................................................................................................................... Showing at the Quincy Town Hall Theater: Alfred Hitchcock's film "Psycho". 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2000 KERI "TABORSKI Grant Youngs, assistant Plumas Unified Michael Franklin was this week sen- Historian School District superintendent, was named tenced to a life sentencewithout the possi- PUSD superintendent to replace kedge bility of paroleinthe 1996 murder of his 80 YEARS AGO...1930 Lichty who resigned from that position wife at Bucks Lake in a snowmobile inci- We at the Plumas National-Bulletin of- July 1. Bob Schoensee, principal of Portola dent. The State of California spent approxi- fice have received the first three issues of High School was then named assistant mately $1 million in legal fees to convict the Indian Valley Record published by supervisor. Franklin, with Plumas County spending James R. Little. They are getting out a very $200,006--the most expensive case in attractive newspaper and we wish them 30 YEARS AGO...... 1980 Plumas County history. success. Knowing as we do of something of The Grand Opening of the new Plumas The United States Forest Service will this importance to a community of a live Bank will be held Saturday in Quincy. suspend all timber sale activityand the newspaper, we congratulate Greenville up- Capitalized at more than $1.2 million, postponement of all commercial timber on securing the new enterprise, the new locally owned and managed sales, bid openings and awards. Solstice musings: Watch for the silver lining! the season does have a silver lining; one past weekend. ~d:; ................ :'~ .~ can do the inside work that has been put off The lake was blanketed in deep, impene- because it was nice enough to go outside trable fog yet seen from the higher eleva- : and play. tion were Lassen Peak and the surrounding The walls can get a good scrubbing and mountain ranges, all standing out in the ~i new coat of paint. Boxes of photographs can clear, b~ue sky. -~",,. be sorted and arranged neatly in albums. Looking at the calendar again, this issue ..... ;~. ~:i~ ~: ~:2::;i~ii~i'8~ii; ~:;:!i:iifi~ii~!:ii~,:~ Ugh! Even cupboards can be emptied andis only 10 days from Christmas, a day that cleaned! evokes a variety of emo,tions among human /VIY TURN This is also a feel-good time to try out kind. M. KATE WEST new recipes as one actually enjoys the oven Some joyful, some sad, some loving, some Chester Editor and stove overheating the kitchen, lonesome and in remembering family who chesternews@plumasnews.com For those who like to be more active, you have passed, I'm likely to feel just a bit of can hit the garage and knock out five to 10 each. Today, as I work to complete my news as- miles on the stationary bike or treadmill... I suppose that's why I seem to be focused signments for the Dec. 15 issue, my mind not much chance of overheating at 27 de- on looking for the positivel I think with the L keeps straying six days forward on the cal- grees, such a plus! endar to where I have circled the words " ~nd speaking of silver linings, it's impor- UpSeconomyand downSin general,f thetheWOrld,opportunitypolitics andis the P "winter begins." tant not to forget the winter season seems there for each and every one of us to be in- The first day of winter, which falls ei- to produce truly magnificent sunrises and fluenced by out-of-control negatives. ther Dec. 21 or Dec. 22 of each year, is also su sets. I think that while we don't have much known as winter solstice, the day that ,stounding in beauty, I have often won- choice about many things in life, like win- marks the gradual shortening of the nights deFed if such vibrant color is the result of ter cold or the economy, we do have a and conversely, the lengthening of the days th?cold and higher altitude? choice about how we balance our emotions. to follow. This is also the season of white, both This year, I am making a conscientious This date has tremendous personal sig- snow and fog. Winter fog can create a vari- effort to face the holidays and winter sea- nificance, as it means the northern hemi- ety of sensations. As it lingers on the son with a smile and good wishes for the sphere will shortly begin, moving out of the Chester Causeway, it can be quite eerie. New Year. darkness toward the light, from coldness to But when driving Goat Hill, up from the I'm going to be purposeful in following warmth. Greenville Wye, it can be pretty scary as the old adage, "When life gives you lemons, Winter solstice also speaks to holidays, one navigates the curves, make lemonadeP' celebrations specific to nations and a time Fog can also be dazzling or even Or, I could go with, "Look On the bright of rebirth, which is what I e.xperience when hauntingly beautiful when seen fromside." Just leave it to me, and I will find a the sun returns to thaw out my bones. I dlfferent perspectives. Almanor provided way to weave in a bit of summer, my fa- While I might lament the dark and cold, such a view from Johnson Grade thisvorite season!